Dodd Chair Archive

Founded in 1970, the Dodd Chair is a short-term appointment of high distinction intended to honor artists of international standing who have achieved an extraordinary record of exhibition. Artists selected for this position teach and work at the Dodd and hold the rank of full professor, following in the footsteps of Elaine de Kooning, Mel Chin, Willie Cole, David Humphrey, Lola Brooks and Paul Pfeiffer among others. The Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair was established to honor the Dodd’s first Chair, Lamar Dodd, for whom the School of Art is named. It is an integral part of the Dodd’s commitment to excellence across disciplinary boundaries and reflects the school’s belief that arts research is an essential component of the academic mission of the University of Georgia.

Zoe Strauss
September 2, 2014


Zoe Strauss resided as the Lamar Dodd Chair during the 2014-2015 school year. Strauss, born in 1970, is an photographer and installation artist living and working in her hometown of Philadelphia. She began photography in 2000 and recently completed “Under I-95,” a 10-year project that resulted in an photography installation of those photographed under a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Strauss has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including a Pew Fellowship, the George Gund Foundation Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation Seedling Award, among others. 


Kota Ezawa
January 21, 2014


Kota Ezawa's work takes the form of animated videos, light boxes, slide projections, and prints.  He recreates iconic moments from the media, popular culture, and the history of photography by interpreting photographic images into drawings. Removing much of the visual information found in the source material, Ezawa's images become less real and more symbolic. His recent solo exhibitions include Offsite: Kota Ezawaat Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, and The Curse of Dimensionality at Haines Gallery in San Francisco. In 2013, group exhibitions include: SLOW: Marking Time in Photography and Film at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fl; The Unphotographable at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, CA; and Out of the Ordinary at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.  Kota Ezawa resided as Lamar Dodd School of Art's Spring 2014 Dodd Chair.



Kendall Buster
September 3, 2013

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Kendall Buster first studied microbiology and received a BS degree in Medical Technology before pursuing an education in art. She earned a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University as well as participating in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Studio Program in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally including The Hirshhorn Museum and the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC, Artist’s Space and The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, The Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, The Boise Art Museum in Boise, Idaho, Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington, the Bahnhof Westend in Berlin, and the KZNSA Gallery in Durban, South Africa.

Her most recently completed commissioned project is a site-responsive sculpture created for The Soleri Bridge in Scottsdale, Arizona. Other projects include a pier for The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, and large-scale permanent installations for The Frick Chemistry Building at Princeton University, Gilman Hall at Johns’ Hopkins University in Baltimore, The San Francisco International Airport, and The Biomedical Center at The University of Houston. Buster has been interviewed by Neda Ulaby on NPR’s Morning Edition as part of a series on art and science and was the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in the Arts. She currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia and is a professor in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Lola Brooks
September 18, 2012


Lola Brooks began her arts education at Pratt Institute and then went on to study with Jamie Bennett and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray at SUNY New Paltz. In 1996 Lola was included in the Talente exhibition in Munich and since then has participated in many gallery and museum shows around the country including Sparkle then Fade at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington. Lola's use of stainless steel drives the conceptual content of the work and her underlying interest in material hierarchies. The Recipient of the Sienna Gallery Emerging Artist Award in 2002, Lola's work has been reviewed and/or included in many publications including four of the Lark Books jewelry series; American Craft, Metalsmith, Out, W, Vogue and BlackBook magazines.

Lola teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also taught at SUNY New Paltz, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Her work can be found in the collections of the Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, the Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin, the Museum of Art and Design, NYC as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.


Kristen Morgin
August 1, 2011


Kristen L. Morgin earned a BA degree from California State University in Hayward and an MFA degree from New York state's Alfred University. A native of Georgia, Kristen now works as an independent artist in Gardena, California.  Previously she held positions as diverse as a gallery docent, a children’s playhouse set painter, a secretary in an auto glass shop, and a tenured professor of art.  Morgin has had solo shows at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles and Viento y Agua Gallery, Long Beach. Selected group exhibitions include Trans-Ceramic Art 3rd World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea; Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Becausethe Earth Is 1/3 Dirt Art Museum of the University of Colorado, Boulder.



David Humphrey
February 22, 2011


David Humphrey has received numerous awards for his paintings, drawings, installations and prints. These include a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and two New York Council for the Arts Grants. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally with over 30 solo exhibitions in Canada, London, New York, California and Pittsburgh, among others. Humphrey’s work can be found in major public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Institute, the Denver Art Museum, and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.

Humphrey received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore and his MA from New York University. He lives and works in New York City and is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Currently he is a Senior Critic at Yale School of Art. David Humphrey was selected as a top candidate for the Lamar Dodd Distinguished Chair position because of his record of research, and his recognition in the field as an artist, writer, critic and curator.

"My paintings are frequently depictions of depictions. I will copy an amateur painting, for instance, the way a band might cover a song written by someone else, or the way a singer renders an old chestnut. I try to get inside the other person's point of view to stretch my own. Sometimes the pre-existing image, like an eccentrically generic landscape, will provide a location for one of my paintings. Sometimes a sad clown or beloved pet painting will provide the protagonist. My handmade renditions, though, take a lot of liberties with the originals. I will add characters or exaggerate and mutate elements. But the work will evolve from contact with the original and will carry iconographic elements, and sometimes feelings, into the finished state."


Paul Kos
September 9, 2008

Paul Kos has engaged, over 30 years, the paradoxes in art and community, temporality and faith, by means of playfully diverse installations and objects.
Jonathan Gilmore, Art Historian, Princeton University, April 2004


Since the early 1970’s Paul Kos’s work has challenged conventions of art media and subject matter. For a global audience, he staged new possibilities for artistic treatments of time, space and cultural systems. Kos, one of the founders of the Bay Area conceptual movement, has exhibited internationally and has work represented in major museum collections including New York’s MoMA, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMoMA, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Kos was raised as an observant Catholic, but such religious allusions in his work seem less about organized ritual than the desire to challenge the principle of the disenchantment of art. In his most famous work, Chartres Bleu (1983-86), re-created in the exhibition (the original is at the di Rosa Preserve in Napa), Kos monitored the passage of time in shots of a 27-panel stained-glass window in the choir ambulatory of the cathedral at Chartres. Each of 27 monitors, which are stacked in the shape of the window, shows a time-lapse video, condensed into a 12-minute sequence, of a different glass panel photographed regularly over the course of 24 hours. Evolving from an extremely bright, nearly illegible array of colors, to clearly defined narrative scenes of the Life of Mary, to almost complete darkness, the work offers a reflection on modes of temporal experience and represents an attempt to reinvest a debased modern technology with a 13th-century medium's charge of the divine.


David Sandlin
September 11, 2007

My obsession with exploring American Puritanism was already full-blown by the time I went to college, where I’d go to sleazy country music clubs…and see people who would just go absolutely crazy with drinking and carousing on Saturday night, then get up and go to some little Baptist church the next morning and get born again.
—David Sandlin


Born in Ireland and raised amidst Protestant-Catholic strife in Belfast, David Sandlin has spent his career discussing America, for all her hypocrisy and charm. His family moved to the United States in 1972 and settled in Birmingham, Alabama, affording David the quintessential Southern American experience. Sandlin earned his BFA from the University of Alabama in 1979; he has lived and worked in New York for more than 25 years where his work has evolved from street art to bumper stickers to paintings and installations. He is represented by the Gracie Mansion Gallery and has shown stateside at La Luz de Jésus Gallery in Los Angeles, the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as many others. He has been featured abroad in galleries in Switzerland, Japan, Australia, and Canada. Sandlin is the author of several books; the first, Land of 1,000 Beers, details “Sinland” which he describes as “a thematically unified body of work—you could call it Dante’s Divine Comedy meets Hank Williams.” 

As the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of Art for 2007-08, Sandlin gave a public lecture about his work on September 11, 2007. He held an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building in January 2008.



Nina Bovasso
August 1, 2006


Nina Bovasso lives and works in New York. Her art is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and Collectie KPN in the Netherlands, among others. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Aliceday in Brussels, Belgium, University Art Museum at SUNY Albany and Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also currently showing new works on paper with Daniel Sturgis at The Apartment in Athens, Greece.

Luis Cruz Azaceta
August 1, 2005

I paint what I see around me, and I look with an accusing eye at what man has created...I am just a filter, a many-colored voice...I paint to kill La Muerte, and also to kill Cruelty, Injustice, Violence, Ignorance and Hypocrisy. —Luis Cruz Azaceta, from an interview with Friehelm Mennekes,1988


Luis Cruz Azaceta studied with the famed Neo-Expressionist artist Leo Golub and has been represented by New York's prestigious Frumkin Adams Gallery since the mid-1970s; now George Adams Gallery. His work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Galeria Ramis Barquet in Chelsea, New York, Fredic Snitzer Gallery in Miami and Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans among others. Cruz Azaceta was born in Havana in 1942. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1960 shortly after Castro's revolution and became a U.S. citizen in 1967. As the Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair of Art for 2005–06, Cruz Azaceta gave a public lecture about his work on August 30,2005. He had an exhibition in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building in February 2006.


Willie Cole
August 1, 2004



Michael Lucero
August 1, 2003


Michael Lucero, held the distinguished position of Lamar Dodd Professorial Chair at the University of Georgia during the 2003–2004 academic year. Lucero earned his MFA at the University of Washington in 1978 and has since exhibited extensively throughout the United States. His work is featured in prominent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea.    

Other Previous Dodd Chairs:

Elaine DeKooning

Robert Beauchamp

Olivier M. Strebelle

Sidney Goodman

Alan Cober

Charles Hinman

Mel Chin

Susan Hauptman

Robert Stackhouse